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Genesis 15 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Some time later, Abram had a vision. The LORD said to him, "Abram, do not be afraid. I am like a shield to you. I am your very great reward." 1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."
2 But Abram said, "LORD and King, what can you give me? I still don't have any children. My servant Eliezer comes from Damascus. When I die, he will get everything I own." 2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
3 Abram continued, "You haven't given me any children. So a servant in my house will get everything I own." 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
4 Then a message came to Abram from the LORD. He said, "This man will not get what belongs to you. A son will come from your own body. He will get everything you own." 4 Then the word of the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir."
5 The LORD took Abram outside and said, "Look up at the sky. Count the stars, if you can." Then he said to him, "That is how many children you will have." 5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
6 Abram believed the Lord. The LORD accepted Abram because he believed. So his faith made him right with the Lord. 6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 He also said to Abram, "I am the Lord. I brought you out of Ur in Babylonia. I wanted to give you this land to take as your very own." 7 He also said to him, "I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it."
8 But Abram said, "LORD and King, how can I know I will take this land as my own?" 8 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?"
9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a young cow. Also bring a goat and a ram. All of them must be three years old. Bring a dove and a young pigeon along with them." 9 So the LORD said to him, "Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon."
10 Abram brought all of them to the Lord. Abram cut them in two. He placed the halves opposite each other. But he didn't cut the birds in half. 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.
11 Then large birds came down to eat the dead bodies of the animals and birds. But Abram chased the large birds away. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. A thick and terrible darkness covered him. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.
13 Then the LORD said to him, "You can be sure of what I am about to tell you. Your children who live after you will be strangers in a country that does not belong to them. They will become slaves. They will be treated badly for 400 years. 13 Then the LORD said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.
14 But I will punish the nation that makes them slaves. After that, they will leave with all kinds of valuable things. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
15 "But you will die in peace. You will join the members of your family who have already died. You will be buried when you are very old. 15 You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.
16 "Your children's grandchildren will come back here. That is because the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached the point where I must judge them." 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure."
17 The sun set and darkness fell. Then a burning torch and a fire pot filled with smoke appeared. They passed between the pieces of the animals. 17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram. He said, "I am giving this land to your children after you. It reaches from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates--
19 It includes the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,
20 Hittites, Perizzites and Rephaites. 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites,
21 The Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites also live there." 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."